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The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible by Allen Dwight Callahan
Religion and Theology
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Name Institution Course Instructor Date The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible by Allen Dwight Callahan This book is an outstanding piece that tackles the intriguing perception of African Americans towards religion. Callahan succeeds in highlighting the numerous setbacks that got into the way of African Americans as they tried to embrace religion.
This paper will review the book highlighting the main ideas that the author highlights. In chapter one, the author focusses the initial perception of African Americans to the bible. These people had just arrived from a continent where Christianity had never existed. However, they were serving as slaves in a foreign land and did not have the freedom to enjoy basic human rights as individuals with a free choice. Callahan provides details concerning the realities that b surrounded African Americans during that time. The chapter delves deeper to elaborate how these slaves got a chance of hearing about the Bible1. The author highlights that African Americans lacked any form of education, and did not exhibit any skills in reading and writing. This left the people to rely on what they heard from the evangelists. The author mentions the significant contribution of the evangelical Christians to introducing bible teachings to African Americans. A critical aspect emerges in this chapter that serves to highlight why Callahan titled it as the ‘talking book’. During that time, it was illegal for African-Americans make any efforts towards any productive learning2. Therefore, the evangelical Christians strived to help them learn reading despite the prohibition. For these African Americans, the Bible appeared as a ‘talking book’. ...
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